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Thanks to all who attended Minnesota Monthly’s Best of Minnesota Party. We hope to see you back next year!

Live Music from local jazz artist Cade Bittner & Kat Perkins of NBC’s The Voice

Watch her Blind Audition for The Voice below

Kat Perkins grew up in Scranton, North Dakota surrounded by a family of musicians.  Kat followed her undeniable passion for performing and moved to Minnesota to pursue music. She quickly gained the attention of the local Twin Cities music scene.

After a hiatus from performing due to vocal surgery, Kat made a musical comeback in 2014 by auditioning and appearing on season 6 of NBC’s The Voice. Kat turned 3 chairs during her blind audition, charted in the top 5 on iTunes several times with her stand-out performances on the show, and sailed to the finals with help from her coach, Adam Levine.

She’s since gone on to play sold out venues across America with a variety of performances and tours, and she began a successful speaking career talking about following dreams and living a Fearless life.

Praise Kat received from these presentations even led her to begin a nonprofit foundation, The Rising Star Foundation, providing scholarships and opportunity for aspiring musicians while also giving back to the local community.

The Rising Star Foundation promises to guide aspiring musicians by providing an environment in which they will learn techniques to strive, express themselves, and grow as artists.  We believe music ignites creativity, fosters a sense of accomplishment, and empowers those to achieve and succeed in all aspects of life.  Each summer, we bring in dozens of kids from around the nation, and they spend four jam-packed days in Medora, North Dakota, creating a positive, caring, and safe environment for our attendees. During this time, Kat Perkins and her staff of talented professionals coach on everything from singing and performance training, gaining confidence in their voice and stage presence, the business side of the industry and how to set themselves up for success, acting, songwriting, dancing, and so much more!  In addition, the Rising Star Foundation provides scholarships to musicians pursuing their dreams in the music industry, providing one-of-a-kind experiences with memories for a lifetime!

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